David A. Wolff: Seth Bullock Black Hills Lawman South Dakota Biography



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Interesting book for those in to South Dakota history like me Very very thorough But also kinda dry If you want to know who Seth Bullock really was and how he diverged from the character in the Deadwood HBO series this is your book I read this book to find out about the man whose grave I climbed up to 750 ft above Mt Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood SD just because it was there This book served that urpose This biography about South Dakota legend Seth Bullock seems to be well researched Bullock was uite a character It s easy to understand why he and Teddy Roosevelt became friends By their nature historic figures tend to be locked on Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work particulareriods in their lives If they also happen to become a key character on television or in film it is fairly certain they will be forever stereotyped by that ortrayal For many Seth Bullock has become the handsome somewhat idealistic and good hearted sheriff from the HBO series Deadwood Yet like all human beings historic figures are always far or much less than our image of them With his concise biography Seth Bullock Black Hills Lawman David A Wolff shows that there was a great deal to Bullock than commonly believedIndicative of how narrow the erspective of historic figures can be Bullock served as sheriff for less than 10 months The rest of his life was spent in ursuit of other activities that Wolff methodically casts into three stages Although the first eriod includes Bullock s time as sheriff Wolff terms it a Amata Means Beloved period asioneer and olitician Bullock was a sheriff and legislator in Montana before embarking for the northern Black Hils of what would become South Dakota during the area s gold rush in the summer of 1876 Yet indicative of his future activity Bullock was not a wide eyed gold rospector but with his Juice partner Solomon Star headed to Deadwood then little than a mining camp to open a hardware store with a fireproof storage facility It was a business venture that would last nearly 25 yearsJust 11 days after arriving Bullock was elected to the nascent community s first attempt at self government and was appointed sheriff when county governments were created the following year By that time the town had aopulation of robably less than 5000 but about 60 saloons Although Bullock focused on bigger issues than disorderly miners he was ousted in an election later that year Bullock remained active in and a booster of the community such as romoting the creation of a fire department Promotion even speculation would mark the next hase of Bullock s life a stage which ironically would find destructive fires affecting both its beginning and end And while his. Book annotation not available for this titleTitle Seth BullockAuthor Wolf.

Role as sheriff might define him to the ublic years later he did not become an Old West legend like other Deadwood Mob Mistress personalities such as Wild Bill Hickok That s because Wolff writes Bullock s story did not contain the reuisite amount of bloodshed Bullock spent much of the 1880s and 1890sursuing business interests while at the same time seeking to help their survival by Stud in the Stacks promoting economic development and trying to gain railroad access for the Black Hills His investments were varied and included mining ranching and even breeding horses for harness racing At oneoint in 1886 he was Choosing to Survive president of no less than 13 newly formed mining companies According to Wolff Bullock tended towards being an idea man often leaving the day to day work to others Between that and the somewhat speculative nature of many of the efforts in which he was involved and invested Bullock sersonal economic well being was uite sensitive to the vagaries of the local and national economy Even though this hase of Bullock s life doesn t have and can t be described with the excitement or imagery of the rowdy mining town of lore Wolff details not only the variety oif Bullock s ideas and investments but the boom and bust cycles he facedAs the nineteenth century drew to a close Bullock s level of investment and boosterism declined His spirits were re enaged by the Spanish American War an event that would contribute to ublic service becoming the final Felipa predominant theme of his life Bullock headed up a cavalry troop made up of volunteers from the Black Hills While the troop never left the US Bullock gained some attention in the national media as Deadwood s Old West sheriff Eually important the service strengthened Bullock s ties with Teddy Roosevelt who he had met in the early 1890s Back in the Black Hills after the war in 1901 Bullock was appointed superintendent of the Black Hills Forest Reserve In his introduction to the book Wolff arofessor of history at Black Hills State University suggests Bullock was the most important The Vavasour Macbeth person in the Black Hills in his lifetime If soerhaps the widest impact stems from being forest supervisor and The Blueprint (English Edition) pushing for and implementing multiple use of the forest This approach would help bring a balance between economic development andreservation of the resources that were the foundation of that development There is less detail in this Crisis of the Strauss Divided portion of the book which may well stem from the fact that the source material likely is not lively contemporaneous frontier newspaper accounts andublic records but official documents of a government bureaucracy Bullock would ultimately return to law enforcement though. F David APublisher South Dakota State Hist SocietyPublication Date 200906.

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Serving as South Dakota s US Marshall from 1906 to 1914 When Bullock died in Deadwood in 1919 both the town and the region were far different from the Old West image that town carries to this day That change reinforces the subtitle in the sense that Bullock was one of the guiding forces in converting the lawlessness of the mining camps into the type of order necessary to create viable communities In so doing Wolff makes it clear that viewing Bullock only through the The Master Masons of Chartres prism of a frontier town sheriff is to do him and history a disserviceOriginallyosted at A Progressive on the Prairie The book is obviously about Seth Bullock but because of his involvement in the town by necessity it becomes not only a biography of Bullock but also of Deadwood itself Bullock may have been a lawman but he had many other VARSITY ABDL (Age Play, Forced Regression, Enema, Domestic Discipline, Spanking Romance) positions in town too and was also an entrepreneur who had his hand in many business deals Making sure that Deadwood survived was very important to Bullock and Wolff outlines his involvement in trying to organize and start what the town would need You are told about mining and trying to attract businesses and railroads and start banks and organize a government and all the many other struggles and obstacles the town needed to overcome to survive and grow The book revolves around Bullock and his involvement in many of these things but it does broaden to a wider scope in that it shows the birth and growingains of the town and its surrounding environs and all the other Road House - The Novel people who helped along the way I didn t know much about Seth Bullock when I started the book and it was very interesting to learn how involved he was in the workings of Deadwood and to see how farsighted and far reaching his business ideas were I also liked the close look at all that it takes to start a frontier town and keep it going all the hard work and effort and not just the gunfights and glory But I have to admit that there came aoint when I had heard about Gnosis processing ore than I really cared to Wolff researched his subject well as you can tell from the copious notes and long bibliography The writing was easy to read and understand but definitely academic in style and reads like a text book than a story It is full of interesting information and nitty gritty details and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Seth Bullock or the old west in general After visiting Deadwood and seeing the HBO series I did want to know about the real man He wasretty busy right up until his death The book could have been written with of a feel for the man It was rather like a textbook However I was glad to read about the real erson. 01Number of Pages 206Binding Type PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress 2008054154.